Unless you purchase a new construction home, you are probably going to inherit someone else’s landscape. In some cases you may like the landscape that comes with your home, but many times, the existing yard leaves something to be desired. One of the most common issues that we see, especially in older homes’ landscapes is dysfunctional hardscape. Patios that are just not quite large enough, steps that are uneven or too large, …Read Blog
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Anyone who has owned an older car knows that repair costs can add up quickly. Back when we first started our company in 2008 we decided to buy a 1994 Ford F350 so we could tow a trailer and transport materials easier. Not wanting to spend the money for a new vehicle, we thought this would be the best way for us to increase our productivity without breaking the bank. Over the next few years I …Read Blog
Summer is coming to a close and while the weather starts to cool off, it’s the perfect time to start planning a sustainable landscape renovation for this Fall! Tackling a major landscape project is not much different than taking on any other type of big home improvement project. Careful planning is the key to a successful project. Before you get too far along thinking about all the great plants you are …Read Blog
Spring is just around the corner and San Diego gardeners should be thinking about transitioning to warm season veggies like tomatoes, squash, and peppers. If you have spent the cool months harvesting greens and other winter vegetables, your garden soil is going to need some amendments before moving into the warm season. One of the best ways to recharge your soil is by adding compost. What many people do not …Read Blog
Fruit trees are an important part of edible landscaping. However, many people do not know how to properly care for the fruit trees that they plant. Fruit tree pruning, like so many garden topics, can lead to heated debate as to the proper approach and methodology. While there is no “right” way to prune a tree, there are some wrong ways. Before getting into specifics for fruit trees, let’s review …Read Blog
Lettuce is one of the easiest and rewarding crops for organic gardeners to grow during the winter here in San Diego. As with most other greens like spinach and kale, lettuce grows best after temperatures have dropped in the fall. Cool nights and lower daytime highs give lettuce a sweeter taste and more tender texture. Most supermarkets have two or three varieties of lettuce to choose from but home gardeners …Read Blog
With another Thanksgiving behind us, it’s now time to shake off the food hangover and get back to the daily grind. But while the Thanksgiving spirit is still fresh in our hearts (and stomachs) we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some of the non-profit organizations that are doing amazing work in our region. These organizations have been instrumental in moving San Diego toward greater sustainability. From preserving our …Read Blog
Recently we visited an old project and one of the mature ceanothus shrubs was very distressed. Ceanothus, or California Lilacs, are a group of plants that are native to California. Plants in the ceanothus genus have attractive white, blue, or lilac colored blooms and can take the form of sprawling ground covers, large shrubs, and even small trees. These plants are a favorite for sustainable landscapes because they thrive with minimal water, …Read Blog
Many people think good apples can only be produced in colder climates like the Pacific Northwest or the mountains of Julian. In reality, apples are a great addition to any backyard orchard or edible landscaping project right here in San Diego. Fuji apple are sweet and crisp with cream colored flesh making them one of our favorite choices for San Diego gardens. Chill Hours Like most deciduous fruit trees Fuji apples …Read Blog